Arsenal are pressing ahead with plans to raise further funds with seven players potentially heading towards the exit door as the club look to balance the books.
The north London side are continuing their rebuild under Mikel Arteta this summer but resources are limited in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with the Gunners keen to offload several unwanted first-team stars as they look to conduct more business.
Arsenal have already completed the free transfer signings of Willian and Cedric Soares from Chelsea and Southampton respectively, in addition to the arrivals of centre-back duo Pablo Mari and Gabriel Magalhaes, the latter arriving in a £26m deal from Lille.
According to the Standard, the Gunners’ attentions have now turned to offloading a host of players deemed surplus to requirements, with Napoli having made public their interest in signing Greek international Sokratis.
“We are working on signing Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Arsenal, we consider it an option,” Aurelio De Laurentiis told Il Napoli on Thursday.
Arsenal are also believed to be in talks with Fiorentina regarding a potential £20m deal for Lucas Torreira, the midfielder deemed a saleable asset as Arteta looks to fund moves for Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey – who has a release clause of around £44m – and the return of Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid.
Sead Kolasinac, Rob Holding, Callum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi are also listed as ‘available’ for transfer, though the club appear to have done a u-turn over the future of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, the versatile star now set to stay after being strongly linked with a move to Wolves.
Hector Bellerin is also attracting attention from clubs such as Bayern Munich, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, the latter believed to have made a bid in the region of £30m for the Spain international.